Wednesday, June 24, 2009 (Taylor is 4 years and 2 months old)

Wow, it’s been a really long time since I last posted! There’s been a lot of change in the air. We’re renovating the house and during the month of June, we were living in a bit of a construction zone while the decks and awnings were being ripped off of the house. It was noisy and so I took Taylor down to my parent’s house to get away from the chaos. Their house was empty because they went on a cross-country road trip for 3 weeks. They sent Chiquita off to a friends’ house to stay while they were gone. I thought Taylor might be a little sad that they were gone, but I didn’t anticipate how upset she would become. When she got to the house, she cried and cried because she missed grandma and grandpa and Chiquita so much. I tried to console her, but was positively despondent. She tends to exaggerate a bit these days, so she was sobbing and saying, “Now I’ll NEVER get to play with them again!” I finally was able to cheer her up by setting up her tent inside the house so that we could “camp” indoors. Taylor got to sleep inside her tent in Zuzu’s office and we managed to have some fun after all. Just before bed, though, Taylor asked for help getting a picture of Zuzu and Paul down from the desk and she set it outside her tent so she could see them from her bed. It was very touching and heartbreaking all at once. She was SO happy when everyone returned home.

I had a birthday last month and grandma C.R. was kind enough to come up and spend the day with Taylor while Zach and I had a day to ourselves. TJ and C.R. had a lot of fun together – doing crafty projects and baking a beautiful birthday cake for me! It was delicious, too! Only problem is that they got the age wrong on the cake. I’m actually only 21 😉

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Once the birthday fun was done, we moved into an apartment where we’ll be living temporarily during construction. We decided to move Taylor’s castle from the house into her new room and her bed is inside. We thought that would be a great way to bring something familiar to the new place and also get some more use out of the castle. Here’s TJ in her “castle bed”:

The best part of living in an apartment…there is a pool in the apartment complex! We’ve been going down and spending time in the pool most days. Taylor was very afraid of the water at first, but she’s really coming around. She took her time getting familiar with the pool, so for a time she would just play on the steps. After awhile, she got more comfortable and we got her some water wings and goggles. Now she’s happy to float around the pool and she’s getting more used to putting her face in the water. We’re looking for swim classes so she can learn to swim while we have access to a pool. Here’s Taylor in her full swim gear:
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There were a couple of rough months there for a bit with TJ – I think she was having some trouble with all of the change that was happening around her. Now that things are settling back into a normal routine, she is in such good spirits! It’s really fun to hang out with her. Her imagination is going all of the time – she still loves to play pretend. It seems that when we play there are rules for now. But don’t try to figure out the rules, because they change to suit her needs. It’s pretty funny sometimes. She’s also really into magic and jokes. Most of the time, the jokes and magic are pretty bad or they just don’t make any sense, but she cracks herself up anyway. Her favorite is:
Knock, knock!
Who’s there?
Boo, who?
Aww…please don’t cry! (At some point, instead of saying, “Please don’t cry!”, TJ started saying, “You can’t come in…here’s a tissue!”. She’s got quite a sense of humor, that one!)
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